Davmail, is an Exchange gateway, allowing users to connect to exchange via an alternate groupware client.Thunderbird is an email client, produced by the Mozilla Foundation.
This guide has been written using a fresh, but fully updated copy of Ubuntu 11.04 (including the recommended third party updates), Thunderbird 6.0.2, Lightning 1.05b and Davmail 3.9.4. In principle, I guess it should work on an updated Debian system as well, but I have not tested this.
You cannot Initiate new sharing requests, using this, and never will
to. This can only be done in Outlook and via OWA (through the
Messageware Extension). Tasks do not currently work, but may do in future versions.
Open a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird
Sadly, Davmail is not available through a respository at the moment
as far as I am aware.
To install Davmail go to : http://sourceforge.net/projects/davmail/files/davmail/
Click on the latest version (should be at the top, at time of writing the folder is called 3.9.4)
Download the file that ends in .deb, the file format is always
davmail_x.y.z-buildnumber-1_all.deb. At time of writing it is
On Ubuntu, opening this will open it up with Ubuntu Software Centre.
Click on Install (or Upgrade if it's been there before), authenticate
and wait for it complete.
If you are using the Default Ubuntu theme (either in Unity or
GNOME(Ubuntu Classic) then: (otherwise skip to step 4)
Open a terminal
sudo apt-get install libswt-gtk-3.6-java
sudo update-alternatives --config swt.jar
Select the one (in my case option 2) that contains the higher version number, i.e for me it was option 2
2 /usr/lib/java/swt-gtk-3.6.2.jar 103 manual mode
Open up Davmail and it will prompt you for settings, and also put the Davmail logo (a yelow filled circle with a white lightning bolt inside it).
Most of the options can remain unchanged. On the Main section, under Gateway make sure it is set as the following:
OWA (Exchange) URL: https://nexus.ox.ac.uk/owa
Local POP Port: Unticked
Local IMAP Port: Unticked
Local SMTP Port: Unticked
Caldev HTTP Port: Ticked - 1080
Local LDAP Port: Ticked - 1389Then click on the Advanced tab
Open up Thunderbird, and click on the Calandar icon on the top row. You'll see the Home calendar which it automatically creates. Right click on it then click on
A new window will now appear so select:
On the Network then Next
Replacing firstname.lastname@example.org with your primary email address. So for example, for me it's http://localhost:email@example.com/calendar
Then press next.
It will ask you for a name, I would recommend using your own name for this (to make it easier if you have multiple calendar showing). Once done, select next.
It will then prompt you for you user name and password (If it doesn't double click that Davmail is currently running)
Enter these and the calendar should sync.
You cannot share calanders through this, however if you have already set up shared calanders using Outlook, then you can view other peoples calanders by setting up a new one, and inserting their primary email address instead.
From within thunderbird go to Edit --> Preferences to bring up the Thunderbird Preferences screen.
Click on Composition then the Addressing tab.
Click on the checkbox next to Directory Server then click on Edit Directories then Add.
Settings are as follows:
Base DN: ou=people
Port Number: 1389
Bind DN: Your Oxford Username
Leave the Use SSL Connection box unticked.
Press OK twice to get back to the Preferences screen.
Tick the box next to Directory Server and make sure that Nexus is selected from the drop down.
When typing emails now, it will automatically try and do a lookup on a name in the address field.